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February 21, 2017

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February 21, 2017

Feb. 14, 2017 — This image was taken at 3:38 a.m. EST on Feb. 9, 2017, when the spacecraft was 75 million miles (120 million kilometers) from Earth and 419 million miles (675 million kilometers) from Jupiter. With ... read more

Jan. 18, 2017 — Scientists are planning to send a deep-space probe to a metal asteroid, enabling them to see what is believed to be a planetary core. Psyche, an asteroid orbiting the sun between Mars and Jupiter, is ... read more

Jan. 12, 2017 — The moon is much older than some scientists believe, a research team now reports. Their precise analysis of zircons bought to Earth by Apollo 14 astronauts reveals the moon is at least 4.51 billion ... read more

Looking for Life in All the Right Places, With the Right Tool

Jan. 11, 2017 — Researchers have invented a range of instruments from giant telescopes to rovers to search for life in outer space, but so far, these efforts have yielded no definitive evidence that it exists beyond ... read more

Jan. 9, 2017 — A new study provides additional insight into relationship between Pluto and its moon, Charon, and how it affects the continuous stripping of Pluto's atmosphere by solar wind. When Charon is ... read more

Jan. 9, 2017 — A new theory suggests the Moon we see every night is not Earth's first moon, but rather the last in a series of moons that orbited our planet. Moons formed through the process could cross ... read more

Jan. 6, 2017 — Interstellar forecast for a nearby star: Raining comets! NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has discovered comets plunging onto the star HD 172555, which is a youthful 23 million years old and ... read more

Jan. 6, 2017 — Powerful solar storms can charge up the soil in frigid, permanently shadowed regions near the lunar poles, and may possibly produce 'sparks' that could vaporize and melt the soil, perhaps ... read more

Jan. 6, 2017 — Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have measured the material along the Voyager 1 and 2 probes' trajectories as they move through space. Hubble data, combined with the ... read more

Jan. 5, 2017 — Thanks to elevation data of the moon from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, coupled with detailed NASA topography data of Earth, we have the most accurate maps of the path of totality ... read more

Jan. 4, 2017 — Using a model similar to what meteorologists use to forecast weather on Earth and a computer simulation of the physics of evaporating ices, a new study has found evidence that snow and ice features ... read more

Dec. 15, 2016 — Scientists have made the rare discovery of a planetary system with a host star similar to Earth's sun. Especially intriguing is the star's unusual composition, which indicates it ingested ... read more

Dec. 15, 2016 — A new statistical study of planets found by a technique called gravitational microlensing suggests that Neptune-mass worlds are likely the most common type of planet to form in the icy outer realms ... read more

Dec. 15, 2016 — The cameras of the Dawn space probe discover water ice in Ceres' polar region. It can survive for aeons in the extreme cold traps, even though there is no ... read more

Dec. 13, 2016 — Boron has been identified for the first time on the surface of Mars, indicating the potential for long-term habitable groundwater in the ancient ... read more

Mars Rock-Ingredient Stew Seen as Plus for Habitability

Dec. 13, 2016 — NASA's Curiosity rover is climbing a layered Martian mountain and finding evidence of how ancient lakes and wet underground environments changed, billions of years ago, creating more diverse ... read more

Lunar Sonic Booms

Dec. 13, 2016 — Physicist have new findings on the physics surrounding mini shock waves produced on the ... read more

Dec. 12, 2016 — Signs of powerful changing winds have been detected on a planet 16 times larger than Earth, over 1,000 light years away -- the first time ever that weather systems have been found on a gas giant ... read more

Dec. 12, 2016 — New ALMA observations contain compelling evidence that two newborn planets, each about the size of Saturn, are in orbit around a young star known as HD 163296. These planets, which are not yet fully ... read more

Dec. 8, 2016 — What will happen to Earth when, in a few billion years' time, the sun is a hundred times bigger than it is today? Using the most powerful radio telescope in the world, an international team of ... read more

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